The Sun newspaper reported:

The pageant is taking place in the Far East country for the first time and organisers are wary of upsetting Muslim fanatics.


But the pageant's chairwoman Julia Morley said: "I do not want to upset or get anyone in a situation where we are being disrespectful.

"We treasure respect for all the countries that take part in the pageant," she said.


Yes, bikinis are banned from the 2013 Miss World contest.

Reference: The New York Times

[T]he billionaire organizer of the Miss World pageant declared Thursday that there would be no bikinis this year.

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    If these were all different sources, this would be good confirmation, but several - possibly all? - of these reports have been produced from the same Associate Press source, so they are merely repeats of the claim, not independent confirmations. – Oddthinking Jun 7 '13 at 1:28
  • See also skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/10739/… for an example of an Islam-related false claim going viral and being repeated in several sources. – Andrew Grimm Jun 7 '13 at 4:40
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    It's not that I doubt their accuracy. On the balance of probability, I would say they are likely correct. But this isn't a definitive answer. If the OP doesn't trust newspaper reports, this doesn't raise the quality of the evidence. (I can't edit away the duplicates because, for all I know, they are all duplicates of the same initial AP report.) – Oddthinking Jun 7 '13 at 5:04
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    Okay, I included a story from the New York Times instead, that is not based on the AP report, and quotes the project director from the organizer of the competition. – user5582 Jun 7 '13 at 6:33
  • @Oddthinking if OP doesn't trust the Sun, I can't blame him. If the Sun's piece is confirmed by several other sources, independent from each other, it becomes a lot more plausible. I seriously doubt you're going to find a peer reviewed scientific study on this topic... And even those are often enough highly questionable. – jwenting Jun 7 '13 at 9:53

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